A fire that authorities believe was sparked by an electrical outlet overloaded with Christmas lights killed a father of two in Colorado, according to a report in the Daily News. The report says the 45-year-old man died after the roof of his house collapsed and trapped him inside. The entire family escaped the blaze, but the man reportedly ran back into the burning home to get a key to unlock a gate to the outside fence.
Decorative lights start 13% of Christmas tree home fires, according to NFPA's "Home Christmas Tree and Holiday Light Fires" report. (Download the free report and a related fact sheet.) Electrical problems, heat sources too close to the tree, candles and intentional setting cause the rest.
NFPA's Lorraine Carli has a few quick safety tips to consider before you decorate your home for the holidays. Learn more at www.NFPA.org/holiday.